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So recently this question was closed as off-topic with the reason that "it is about a hardware replacement and ot [sic] about the Windows Phone O.S." (It's since been re-opened.)

The Help Center doesn't explicitly rule out questions about hardware, but I guess the argument could be made that questions do need to have something to do with Windows Phone, and that hardware questions therefore should be about how the hardware interacts with the OS.

So, how does everyone feel about this? Upvote/downvote answers to indicate support/opposition, or post your counterproposals below.

  • Have you typed wrongly "ot" near "[sic]" or did you copy from source and there were wrong? I don't remember. – Vitor Canova Jun 10 '14 at 15:14
  • I copied it from your comment, so it's verbatim. – Indrek Jun 10 '14 at 16:04
  • Seems my question isn't closed anymore. – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Jun 17 '14 at 22:28
  • Yes. Hence the "It's since been re-opened" in my post. – Indrek Jun 18 '14 at 4:25
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I'd say hardware questions like the one in question should be considered on-topic. The Help Center says you can ask about "Using your Windows Phone device" and "Trying to solve an error or other issue in using your device" (emphasis mine). A device includes both hardware and software, it doesn't make any sense to draw some sort of arbitrary line between the two.

Consider also other similar sites:

  • Super User accepts questions about computer hardware and software
  • Server Fault accepts questions about server hardware and software
  • Ask Different accepts questions about Apple hardware and software
  • Android Enthusiasts accepts questions about Android devices (I guess we copied our FAQ from them), and looking through some of the most popular topics they clearly don't disallow hardware-only questions

And so on, and so forth.

In addition to setting a completely different example compared to our sister sites, making hardware-only questions off-topic would also leave people with such questions nowhere to go.

  • Well, I must downvote since I disagree. To be ethical you must downvote mine too. ;) – Vitor Canova Jun 10 '14 at 15:35
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I think different from Indrek.

I think some questions about hardware can be related with the Windows Phone O.S. but some are completelly unrelated.

I'd say hardware questions like the one in question should be considered Off-Topic. The Help Center says you can ask about "Using your Windows Phone device" and "Trying to solve an error or other issue in using your device" (emphasis mine). I know a device includes both hardware and software, but I think we will end up receiving question by far not related with the purpose of this Q&A.

Some ficticional examples:

How to replace a broken LCD?

Where do I can buy replacement parts?

Is it possible to install and external antenna in the device?

But some are related with the Windows Phone O.S:

How can I restart the phone if it hang?

How can I avoid phone unlock by pressing camera button?

  • Something like "Where do I can buy replacement parts?" would already be off-topic as "too-localized". – akid Aug 12 '14 at 8:52

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